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Destruction in Nepal

On 25 April this year a major earthquake, known as the Gorkha earthquake and measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, hit Nepal, west of its capital Kathmandu. 450 000 people were displaced, over 8000 people lost their lives and many historic sites were badly damaged or destroyed completely. There were extensive landslides throughout the Himalayas, with several villages cut off from help, or wiped out completely.

And there were aftershocks – at least 80 recorded in the week after the ‘quake – which left the nation jumpy, and people sleeping outside. Just as Nepal was starting to return to “normal” and was getting down to rebuilding, a second major quake, with a 7.3 magnitude, hit east of Kathmandu.

That’s why I’m here – if you were wondering – to work with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), which is coordinating relief flights into hard-to-reach areas. Last night at around 10pm, as I was getting ready for bed an aftershock hit Kathmandu. It felt like a gigantic pantechnicon had slammed into the hotel lobby, so violently did my room shake. But that one was minor compared to so many others over the last few months. I can only imagine the terror of having been caught in the original ‘quakes!

I will give more stats about the number of villages we have managed to help, the amount of cargo flown etc. in the next few days, but for now I thought I’d show you some of the destruction both here in Kathmandu and up in the hills to the north. Remember, this is three months after the original disaster.

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2 comments on “Destruction in Nepal

  1. radicalrambler
    July 24, 2015

    Reblogged this on radical rumblings.

  2. There_Lot
    July 24, 2015

    Rebuilding is my favourite for obvious reasons. Makes me think…thanks for sharing this

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